Where Do Millennials Work the Longest Hours?

June 6, 2016

6:00 pm

It is no secret that millennials have gotten a bum rap when it comes to their ability to work. Whether it be their “laziness,” their “entitled-ness,” or their inability to stay off their smartphones for longer than a Nicki Minaj song, previous generations have criticized these young employees for everything under the sun. But according to new data, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

In Manpower’s Millennial Careers study, researchers found that millennials are working harder than any previous generation. To be more specific, millennials work longer hours and plan to retire later than Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers by quite a bit. Apparently, three fourths of all millennials are already working more than 40 hours per week, a standard set by the “hard-working” generations of the past. And that’s not all.

According to the study, one fourth of millennials around the world are working more than 50 hours per week. 50 hours per week! I’m sure you are more than capable when it comes to mathematics, but that’s 10 extra hours per week! In what world could these industry workhorses be considered lazy?

While you might be thinking that millennials couldn’t be working as hard in other countries as they are here, you still couldn’t be more wrong. In countries around the world, millennials are showing industry leaders that they are willing to put in more effort to prove their worth.

Clearly, millennials work. But where are millennials working the longest hours? Check below to see where your country lands when it comes to the most hardworking generation in the last few centuries.


52 hours – India

48 hours – Mexico, China, Singapore

47 hours – Switzerland, Greece

46 hours – Japan

45 hours – USA, Brazil, Norway

44 hours – France

43 hours – Spain, Germany, Italy

42 hours – Canada, Netherlands

41 hours – UK, Australia

Photo: Flickr / ITU Pictures

H/T World Economic Forum

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Timmy Awards for Tech in Motion. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at conor@tech.co.

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